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Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham

 
 
Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
1. Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham Marker
Inscription.
Citation to Accompany the Award of
The Air Force Cross
to

Jason D. Cunningham

Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a pararescueman near the village of Marzak in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan. On 4 March 2002, Airman Cunningham was the primary Air Force Combat Search and Rescue medic assigned to a Quick Reaction Force tasked to recover two American servicemen evading capture in austere terrain occupied by massed Al Qaida and Taliban forces. His MH-47E helicopter received accurate rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire, causing it to crash land. The assault force immediately suffered three fatalities and five critical casualties. Despite effective enemy fire, and at great risk to his own life, Airman Cunningham remained in the burning fuselage of the aircraft in order to treat the wounded. As he moved his patients to a more secure location, mortar rounds began to impact within fifty feet of his position. Disregarding this extreme danger, he continued the movement and exposed himself to enemy fire on seven separate occasions. The second casualty collection point was also compromised. In a display of uncommon valor and gallantry, Airman
Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
2. Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques.
Cunningham braved an intense small arms and rocket propelled grenade attack while repositioning the critically wounded to a third collection point. Even after he was mortally wounded and quickly deteriorating, he continued to direct patient movement and transferred care to another medic. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, and in the dedication of his service to his country, Airman Cunningham reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
 
Erected 2004 by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 04-B.
 
Location. 32° 24.264′ N, 86° 14.979′ W. Marker is in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Click for map. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Award of Air Force Cross to Robert Gutierrez, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Zachary J. Rhyner (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Timothy A. Wilkinson (here,
SRA Jason D. Cunningham image. Click for full size.
By USAF Photo
3. SRA Jason D. Cunningham
next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jon D. Harston (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Dustin H. Temple (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
 
Regarding Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham. Was killed in action during the opening days of the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan on March 4, 2002 during Operation Enduring Freedom. SRA Cunningham was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .  Military Times article & bio on Jason D. Cunningham. (Submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. HeroesWar, Afghanistan
 
Enlisted Air Force Cross Description image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
4. Enlisted Air Force Cross Description

The AF Cross is awarded for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy, to any person while serving with the U.S. Air Force, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing enemy force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces, engaged in conflict against an opposing force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. It is awarded for heroic actions second in precedence only to the Medal of Honor and is presented in the name of the President. It was established by Congress by Public Law 88-593 on 6 July 1960.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016.
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